Many Poor Women Miss Out on Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even though folic acid supplements are known to lower the risk of birth defects, poorer women rarely take them before or during pregnancy, a new study shows. “The findings are concerning because they show that public health interventions aren’t always effective in reaching vulnerable populations who need them…

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'Face-Aging' Photos Convince Tanners to Shun the Sun

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Where fear of skin cancer has little effect, vanity may succeed. In a new study, sun worshippers who were shown computer images of how their face would age after years of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure often decided to quit the tanning habit. In fact, “a single, 10-minute exposure…

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Who Are America's Cohabiting Couples?

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For many people, marriage is the next logical step after you’ve dated for a while and believe you’ve found “the one.” But new research shows that a lot of Americans don’t see marriage as the only choice. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found…

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Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found. Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial Americans were the most likely to turn to marijuana before other recreational drugs, the new report suggests. For the study, the…

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Mindfulness Training to Help With Weight Loss

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If mindless eating can put on the pounds, it stands to reason that mindful eating can help with diet success. In fact, studies show that “eating-focused” mindfulness can bring significant changes in weight, in how you approach food, and even in psychological well-being. This makes it especially helpful…

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AI Better Than Docs at Catching Skin Cancers

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A computer can beat even highly experienced dermatologists in spotting deadly melanomas, researchers report. The study is the latest to test the idea that “artificial intelligence” can improve medical diagnoses. Typically, it works like this: Researchers develop an algorithm using “deep learning” — where the computer system essentially…

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There's No 'Healthy Obesity' for Women, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese women who have been healthy for decades may still be on the path to heart problems, a new study suggests. “If you are obese, but free of disease like diabetes or hypertension, it does not mean you are free of the risk for cardiovascular disease,” said lead…

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Trumps Signs Bill Allowing Terminal Patients to Try Unproven Medicines

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday put his signature on a bill allowing terminally ill patients to try unproven treatments to fight their disease. Calling access to these drugs a “fundamental freedom,” Trump said he hoped it would help save lives, the Associated Press reported. The “Right to Try”…

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How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much — and what types — of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of studies on older adults, scientists found that those…

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FDA Approves 1st Artificial Iris

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its OK to the first artificial iris — the colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil. The surgically implanted device can be used on adults and children whose iris is missing, has been damaged by a congenital…

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Widely Used Antibacterial Tied to Colon Woes in Mice

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to triclosan — a chemical in some shampoos and toothpastes — might raise the risk for colon inflammation and colon cancer, at least in mice, researchers say. New study results “suggest that triclosan could have adverse effects on gut health,” said study leader Guodong Zhang, a food…

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Baby Teeth Give Clues to Autism's Origins, Detection

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A close examination of baby teeth is giving new insight into the roots of autism — and ways to spot it early. The research suggests that the way infants metabolize two nutrients — zinc and copper — may predict who will develop the condition. “We have identified cycles…

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